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Big Lots has closed its discount store in the Ultra Highland Plaza at 8309 Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland.

The phone number is disconnected, the sign is taken down, and the store's interior has been emptied. The company did not immediately return messages.

Big Lots is a Columbus, Ohio-based department store chain that sells a variety of items, including housewares, furniture and groceries. It has 1,400 locations nationwide, including in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, Calumet City and Homewood. It has another store about 3.5 miles, or an eight-minute drive, south of the shuttered one in Highland on Indianapolis Boulevard in Schererville.

The Ultra Highland Plaza shopping center at Ridge Road and Indianapolis Boulevard across from Wicker Park is still mostly full and continues to attract investment, including a recent multilmillion-dollar renovation of the anchor Ultra Fresh Foods, a new Dollar Tree and the addition of a Fallas clothing and household items store in 2015.

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Business reporter

Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.